Pretoria – State witness Darren Fresco admitted to following trial evidence on social media during his cross-examination by defence advocate Barry Roux. Fresco was testifying on the incidents where murder accused Oscar Pistorius let off a gun in a busy restaurant and shot through the sun roof of a car.
Fresco told the court his story was that gun fell out of his shorts. He said he was not wearing tracksuit pants because it was the middle of summer. He then admitted to following trial evidence on social media.
Earlier on Tuesday Roux asked Fresco how it was possible for him and another witness, Samantha Taylor, who were both in the car when Pistorius allegedly fired the shot through the sunroof, to have such different accounts of the event.
Roux said Taylor testified that Pistorius was angry at the police officer who pulled them over for speeding. She said Fresco and Pistorius wanted to shoot a traffic light, and minutes later Pistorius shot through the sunroof.
Fresco denied this and said he could not recall wanting to shoot the traffic light. He said Pistorius fired the shot much later after they were pulled over.
Roux then turned his attention to Tasha’s shooting incident in January 2013. Roux argued that Pistorius did not hear Fresco saying, “It’s one up” when he handed Pistorius his gun under the table.
Fresco testified that his head was “fairly close” to that of Pistorius’s when he handed the gun over to the paralympian. He said Pistorius said, “O.K” when Fresco handed the gun over.
Roux asked Fresco if he deliberately withheld his claim that Pistorius asked him to take the blame for the shooting incident. Fresco said he couldn’t explain why key aspects of his evidence were missing from his police statement.
Fresco admitted that he did not tell Pistorius the magazine was still in the gun because he thought Pistorius was “competent”.
Court is adjourned until Wednesday at 9:30am.
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